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CAPITOL HILL—The delightful Cafe Barjot is in a tough spot, literally. The previous tenant, Chico Madrid, closed up after only a year in business. Barjot has made it a year, but despite serving food that is consistently applauded by customers and critics, there's just something about the location that makes business difficult. They've stopped serving dinner and happy hour and will instead concentrate on breakfast, with a few occasional pop-up dinners offered.
SODO—Food truck Bread & Circuses has been a longtime staple outside the Two Beers Brewing taproom, The Woods, and the newly expanded space made room for the truck to run a kitchen on site. As of this past weekend, Bread & Circuses started cooking and serving inside the taproom for the first time. Look for favorites like duck fat popcorn, Brussels sprout caesars, three-pepper cider wings, mac and beer cheese, veggie-fried ravioli, and the circus burger.
CAPITOL HILL—Lisa Nakamura's popular Gnocchi Bar on Capitol Hill is now distributing frozen gnocchi, for sale at the West Seattle, Fremont, and Columbia City PCC grocery stores. The potato gnocchi landed in the freezer section over the weekend. It's packaged fully cooked, so it can go straight from the freezer to the sauté pan, says Nakamura. "Then sauce that puppy up and enjoy. We are freezing the gnocchi for retail sale because we don't use preservatives."